9 Things To Do in Santa Fe in Winter

Winter is an excellent season to spend in Santa Fe. It’s the off-season for tourists, but the attractions, shopping and dining are still at their best! Although most people don’t think of New Mexico when they think of winter sports, the ski hills near Santa Fe are some of the most exciting around! Ski Santa Fe in particular has some great skiing terrain and is totally kid friendly. Anyone looking for things to do in Santa Fe with kids should definitely consider Ski Santa Fe. Whether you’re ready to spend the day outdoors or want to try out a romantic, world-class spa, we’ve got what you want right here in Santa Fe.

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1. Dive Into Winter Sports

A hot spot for winter sports, ski areas around Santa Fe feature downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and hiking. The three major ski areas located less than a two-hour drive of Santa Fe include:

Ski Santa Fe

Sipapau Ski and Summer Resort

Taos Ski Valley

 

2. Stroll Canyon Road

No matter what season, Canyon Road is a magical half-mile in Santa Fe that must be seen to be believed! Located in the Historic District of Santa Fe, this rustic, whimsical road is home to over one hundred world class art galleries, boutiques and some of our most popular restaurants. Whether you’re into the Southwest art scene, or you’re just out to enjoy a unique shopping and dining experience, you need to reserve a day for Canyon Road. Check out their Events Calendar for special events.

3. Tour the Santa Fe Plaza

The Santa Fe Plaza is the cultural hub of the city, always buzzing with activity. From restaurants to music concerts to Indian and Spanish markets, you’ll experience the liveliness of the city at the Plaza. Enjoy some of the city’s top attractions, located within the surround of the Plaza. They include the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the San Miguel Mission, and the Palace of the Governors. You can easily spend a day here enjoying the unique and old culture of Santa Fe. Ducking in from the cold and absorbing the atmosphere is why this is one of the best things to do in Santa Fe during the winter.

4. Visit the Museum of International Folk Art

Not too far off the Plaza, you’ll find the Museum of International Folk Art. This unusual museum primarily showcases Southwestern art, but it also contains thousands of objects from the daily life of all sorts of global cultures. People looking for things to do in Santa Fe with kids will love the large collection of toys, and everyone will find some quirky item to draw their interest.

5. Stop by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

A trip to Santa Fe isn’t complete without a stop at the largest O’Keeffe collection in the world. This museum is also within easy walking distance off the Plaza. Enjoy the view of New Mexico from the eyes of one of America’s most beloved artists. You’ll also learn more about O’Keeffe’s life through a video screened at the museum.

6. Make Your Own Liquid Light Glass

The glass-blowing artists at Liquid Light Glass draw tourists and patrons to their colorful wares. Visit the studio to view beautiful glass art, sculpture, vases, and more. The glass-blowing classes are one of our favorite things to do in Santa Fe with kids, especially with older children. Try a class to learn the craft yourself or shop for the perfect souvenir to represent your stay in Santa Fe.

7. Shop at the Santa Fe Farmers Market

Even in the winter season, this Farmers Market sells locally-grown produce, flowers, local treats, and other delicious food. You can teach your kids about how local farmers still bring their crop to market. Don’t skip this special cultural market; it contains something for everyone!

8. Relax at Ten Thousand Waves

Pamper yourself with a visit to Ten Thousand Waves, a spa resort inspired by the great Japanese mountain hot spring resorts. There are fewer better things to do in Santa Fe in winter than to luxuriate in some hot springs. Find your serenity in the hot tubs, the gardens, or during a hot stone massage outside in the snow. You’ll be amazed at the refinement of this spa.

9. Fuel Up at Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen

Hungry? A list of things to do in Santa Fe wouldn’t be complete without  a Southwestern dining experience. As you tour the city, you’ll come across many great options. We suggest trying Maria’s New Mexican Kitchen on Cordova Road. You’ll have the pleasant trouble of choosing from their very (very) long list of margaritas, and the food is great. Bring the kids! They’ll find something yummy to fill their stomachs, too.

We hope you enjoy these nine great things to do in Santa Fe in winter. Our city has so much to offer all year round!

Vacationing in Santa Fe, NM For the First Time

Santa Fe, New Mexico is a beautiful place to visit any time of year. If you’re planning on vacationing for the first time here, you probably have some questions about where to go and what to do. Here answers to some common questions about preparing for your trip to Santa Fe. Don’t forget to take a look at our beautiful Santa Fe luxury vacation rentals. Staying with AQUI is your ticket to an unforgettable Santa Fe vacation!

Where to go in Santa Fe, New Mexico?

There’s plenty to do for all ages in Santa Fe, whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, a family vacation or a weekend with the girls. It is such a unique city that stepping into Santa Fe can feel like you’ve been transported to a new country. People often say that “If you want to go to a foreign country but stay in the United States, you come to Santa Fe.”

Here are some of our favorite things to do:

  • Santa Fe Plaza: The Plaza is the heart of downtown Santa Fe. Throughout the year you can find markets, concerts and other events. Make sure to stop into the Five & Dime and pick up some of their famous Frito pie from the snack bar.
  • Margarita Trail Passport: If you love margaritas, you’ll want to get a Margarita Trail Passport. Available as either an app or a physical passport, this gives you access to the best margaritas in the city. Get stamps at each stop, and collect prizes along the way!
  • Annual Markets and Festivals: Santa Fe is full of exciting annual events, markets, and festivals. No matter when you plan to come, you can find yourself caught up in the excitement of a wonderful festival. Take a look at our full list of favorite Santa Fe Things to do.

How big is Santa Fe, New Mexico?

Santa Fe has a population around 70,000, making it the fourth largest city in New Mexico. It’s the highest capital in the United States, sitting at around 7,000 feet at the foot of the Rockies. Downtown Santa Fe and the surrounding historic districts are compact, which makes it easy to park your car once you get here and walk everywhere else.

When is the best time to visit Santa Fe, New Mexico?

With an average of 300 sunny days per year, there isn’t a bad time to visit Santa Fe. Summer is the most popular time to visit Santa Fe, thanks to its low humidity and abundance of hiking and nature trails, especially for Texans looking to escape the summer heat. Visitors during the summer enjoy the Santa Fe Opera season, the Indian Market (largest in the world!), and the Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta, among other events.

If you can travel in the fall, though, you’ll still enjoy cool but comfortable temperatures and be able to attend some amazing festivals, like the Harvest Festival, Santa Fe Indigenous Peoples Celebration and the Santa Fe Independent Film Festival.

If you’re into skiing, you’ll definitely want to visit Santa Fe in the winter and spring. The cold air is dry in Santa Fe, which means you won’t get bone-chilling cold while you’re on the slopes. After a full day of skiing, many visitors take photography and art classes, snapping photos and painting pictures of the gorgeous landscapes around Santa Fe.

What should I to bring when visiting Santa Fe, New Mexico?

In the summer, average temperatures stay below 90 degrees during the day and can drop into the 50s at night. You’ll want to bring clothes you can layer to stay warm in the evenings and cool during the day. You’ll probably find yourself outside a lot, no matter what season you visit, so comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen and active clothes are a must. Santa Fe is a casual town, so there’s no need to pack dress clothes, unless you have a specific event you’re attending that requires it.

You’ll also want to bring a water bottle, or else plan on buying one while you’re here. The higher altitude takes some time to get used to. Staying hydrated is important, so make sure to drink more water than you’re used to, especially the first day or two of your visit, while you adjust to the heightened altitude.

We hope you’re getting excited for your upcoming trip to Santa Fe! Don’t forget to ask Caroline Morgan of AQUI Santa Fe for her recommendations and local favorite spots so you can make the most of your vacation.

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Things To Do In Santa Fe New Mexico


SKI SANTA FE
Ski Santa Fe Now Open
10,350′ Elevation, 1,725′ Vertical Drop, 225″ Average Snowfall, 83 Trails, 36 Runs Groomed Daily, 20% Easy, 40% Intermediate, 40% Expert Trails.



SANTA FE ARTISTS IN RESIDENCE
Santa Fe Artists in Residence, Thur, Fri & Sat 4–7pm, through February 28
An art experience connecting visitors with New Mexico artists. Meet, interact and watch the artists as they create their masterpieces and experience first-hand their creative process.



WINTER BREW
Santa Fe Farmers Market Pavillion, January 12
The 7th annual Santa Fe Winter Brew Festival is featuring traditional brews and cold-weather favorites by eighteen New Mexico breweries.



SOUPER BOWL
Santa Fe Convention Center, January 27, 12–2:30pm
Get ready to sample unlimited mouth-watering soups from your favorite local chefs as they compete for best soup in four categories—Cream, Savory, Seafood, and Vegetarian.



SANTA FE FILM FESTIVAL
Various Venues, February 7–11
This five day event offers the best in cinematic arts with a program of over 100 films, panels, workshops and parties.



SANTA FE RESTAURANT WEEK
Various Venues, February 18–25
Feast on delicious, three-course meals at a fraction of the cost. Restaurants will be offering prix-fixe dinners & value-priced lunches.



KIDS FREE SPRING BREAK
Various Venues, March 1–April 15
Take advantage of great deals in Santa Fe, from lodging, food, arts, culture, and other kid-friendly attractions.



BAROQUE HOLY WEEK
Loretto Chapel, March 29–31
The Santa Fe Pro Musica Baroque Ensemble presents this seasonal favorite in the historic Loretto Chapel, featuring music by Corelli, Bach and Vivaldi.



SANTA FE FARMERS MARKET 
Farmers Market Pavilion, Saturdays: 8am-1pm
Saturday’s market is where locals gather. Vendors only sell agricultural products that they grew themselves, or crafts and processed items that they made with agricultural products from the area.



MEOW WOLF
1352 Rufina Circle
Meow Wolf is Santa Fe’s newest attraction for the whole family. The House of Eternal Return is a unique art experience featuring a wild new form of non-linear storytelling which unfolds through exploration.


 

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“Aqui Santa Fe is an oasis of refined luxury in a city where every real estate agency promises (but rarely delivers) vacation rental bliss. The firm’s petite, friendly, and energetic proprietor, Caroline Morgan, is blessed with the kind of background that makes her uniquely suited to caring for discerning guests.  As the executive assistant to one of America’s most beloved First Ladies, Caroline learned the true meaning of “exclusive” when she traveled the world in actual Presidential style. Later Caroline managed art galleries in Santa Fe, and brokered multi-million dollar homes in Colorado and New Mexico. Her understanding and personal experience of the art and luxury markets now translate into what I can best describe as ‘vacation home curation.’ ” —Joy Davidson (A Luxury Travel Blog)


“Our stay was absolutely fabulous. We have stayed in many homes and hotels in our travels to Europe and in the US – we don’t know that we EVER stayed anywhere where we were as comfortable! The kitchen was “over the top” equipped and I’m just sorry we didn’t have the time to cook! We look forward to our next trip to Santa Fe.”


“A perfect month, a perfect home. Comfort, convenience, cleanliness and Caroline—all made for a perfect Santa Fe vacation home stay. We have traveled to Santa Fe numerous times in the past, but this trip we were fortunate to have found Casa Simpatica for a month-long visit in April. The home is beautifully furnished, the linens are delightful, the setting is truly picturesque New Mexican, and the location is ideal. Caroline delivered on everything promised, provided a gift basket upon arrival, kept us informed of activities in the city, and made us feel at home immediately. It was a memorable month and one that we hope to repeat soon. Thank you again, Caroline, for making Casa Simpatica a glorious retreat.”  —L.K.T (Pennsylvania)


“Tired of living in a hotel while working in Santa Fe, I rented this charming and quite cozy casita for two weeks in February. Coming home was so much more relaxing than any hotel experience. This is a first class luxurious place so well appointed I made myself promise to update some things in my own house back in La. It is so rare to find a ‘vacation rental’ that has been decorated so lavishly. I would revisit in a heartbeat.” —Oscar Winner, C.S. Dutton (Los Angeles, CA)


“It’s difficult to find the words to describe our AQUI Holiday experience. Possibly perfect, relaxing, joyful and memorable is a start. It definitely was a gift to our family and Caroline was the defining piece in all that happened. She was so gracious and never missed a step. Everything we discussed was delivered and every promise she made kept. In addition, the gift basket, high chair and luxurious goodies were all deeply appreciated. I can’t thank you enough for making this the most enjoyable moment of my year.”  —K.S. (Houston, TX)


“We enjoyed Casa Simpatica and Perla very much. Both houses had beautiful art collections and the location couldn’t have been better. We liked the towels so well, we bought a few sets. How often does that happen?”  —R.Y. (Fayetteville, NC)


“You couldn’t ask for more….Our experience was simply awesome! The house was lovely, tastefully decorated and highlighted the contemporary art of Santa Fe while preserving the atmosphere of an older adobe. The extra touches of straw baskets, handcrafted furniture, pottery and interesting accessories made you realize you “weren’t in Kansas any more!”, yet there was no feeling of clutter. The kitchen was more than fully equipped – every detail had been attended to. Even the laundry room contained everything a family would need for cleaning and freshening up, right down to the toolbox that provided my husband with pliers for assembling a newly purchased toy. The beds were comfortable and linens fresh and crisp, with plenty of towels for all. A TV in each bedroom in addition to the reading lamps on each side of the bed made falling asleep extremely comfortable. Caroline was more than helpful with directions and suggestions, and she is simply a delight to know! She has seen to every detail.  We stayed for a week and felt that we had found a true home away from home, where we wanted for nothing. We can’t wait to return!”  —Judy, Somers (Connecticut)


“What a wonderful house, ideal location and first-class amenities. It made our stay in Santa Fe perfect! With most rentals, you ask, ‘Is this it?’ With this residence, you say, ‘Wow! This exceeds my expectations!’ Book your reservation now! You won’t be disappointed! Aqui is one of the BEST places to stay in Santa Few New Mexico!!!!! Thank you!!!”   —L.L. (Los Angeles, CA)


“My compliments to Aqui.   Your attention to detail, accommodations and hospitality are just the finest. It is like being at the finest hotels of Europe or the best of North America, like being welcomed home. ‘Just what the Doctor ordered,’ so to speak. Your individual attention is appreciated and I truly recommend you and “Aqui” to one and all if they are looking for excellence. See you soon, and again and again.”  —Spuron (Tucson, AZ)


“Over the years we have rented many places via the internet. This is the first time that the rental has exceeded the internet representations. The place is fabulous and has many subtle details. What a joy to be here for a week. Thank you.”  —BB (Dallas, TX)


“Sorry we did not get to say goodbye in person because I wanted to thank you. The home is lovely and we enjoyed our stay there. We really appreciated having a real, concerned and personable person who we consistently were dealing with and whom we knew we could call. You made it even nicer for us. Thanks.”  —T.T. (Del Mar, CA)


“The best house rental in Santa Fe!  Caroline is fabulous…from ease of reservation to personal greeting at the door when we arrived! The home was spotless with exquisite linens on the beds to a kitchen primed for making a gourmet meal to a bathroom stocked with everything you could need. The courtyards were perfect for our two little guys to run and play safely (ages 3 and 2) and for the adults to relax and unwind after a day of shopping and hiking. The house is a very comfortable 2-3 blocks from the square and a very easy walk. Our stay was perfect and I highly recommend this property! We WILL be back!”  —Dana (Dallas, TX)


“Perfect experience!  My husband, 1-yr old and I had the true pleasure of spending a weekend in Casa Perla, and the following two nights in adjacent Casa Simpatica (we switched to the two-bedroom to gain an extra room for our baby). We wouldn’t have changed a thing about our experience, from the charm of both houses to the details inside (Frette bathrobes, luxury bedding, bottled water waiting, even a gift basket!). Both cottages were immaculately kept, sparkling new appliances and impeccably chosen decor. We cozied up to the Kiva fireplace, played in the patios, read books, and took the short walks to restaurants near the Plaza and the art galleries of Canyon Road. The neighborhood is a perfect location, and the manager of both houses, Caroline Morgan, is a wonderful person and a class act. She provides five-star service from greeting to goodbye, going out of her way in a number of ways to make our trip flawless. Thanks to her, it was just that!”  —Heather C. (Los Angeles, CA)


“I spent ages trying to decide on a place for us to stay and landed on this place – and wow did I ever make the right choice!   We absolutely fell in love with the location but also with this house. Whenever I thought, “I wonder if they have “X” here…” there it was!” The house was in absolutely perfect condition – clean, organized, you name it. And Caroline did everything to make our stay comfortable and help us out with questions on the area. Two yoga mats, great books to read, wireless, iPod player, fabulous stereo, comfy furniture, skylights that bathe the place in pretty brightness during the day, it was a heavenly experience from start to finish. If I could give MORE than five stars to this place, I most definitely would.”  —Ann (Arlington, VA)


“Look no further, this is it. 5 stars *****! My wife and I have rented several vacation places over the internet. This is the first one that exceeded the photos and descriptions online. It’s a spectacular location that is close to the Plaza and also Canyon Road. A car is not necessary once you get the casita. The casita itself reflects a great sense of style and an cost-no-object approach. If we’re in Santa Fe, we will be staying here.  —J.R. (Atlanta, GA)

Visiting Santa Fe

Visit Santa Fe, the “City Different,” home of an extraordinary blend of Anglo, Hispanic and Native American cultures. Santa Fe’s diverse and distinctive history gives this southwestern town a unique and almost foreign flavor, an inviting charm. Adobe Pueblo, Territorial and Northern New Mexican architectural styles echo the history of this city. Homes are close in proximity and the blocks are short and country style. Santa Fe’s vivacious blue sky and 320 days of sunshine a year make the city ideal for searching for clarity. Here, in the nation’s oldest capital city, the landscape becomes a vibrant canvas of warm, soft hues that change with the seasons.

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New Mexico vacations could entail walking Santa Fe’s narrow streets, visiting its open plazas, and experiencing its historic landmarks that makes one feel as though they are discovering the city anew. Santa Fe’s sense of romance and history comes in large part from generations of its citizens–people who have maintained their identities and the identity of their beautiful city by protecting tradition and accepting change carefully.

Santa Fe extends a warm welcome to its guests year round. Spring through Fall, the town hosts many world famous annual markets, fiestas, restaurant competitions, and film festivals. In the Winter Santa Fe entices you with the smoky scent of piñon trees and shares its fresh snow at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Exceptional shopping is a guarantee all year long. Below is a mere sampling of the Best of Santa Fe, we have many more recommendations for you as part of our concierge services. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Santa Fe today!

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Santa Fe Vacation Rentals Performance Santa Fe is the best of both worlds, a small town with many metropolitan features. Our fine art and theater culture is among the best in the country.
Santa Fe Opera The Santa Fe Opera is one of the world’s leading cultural festivals. The stunning, state-of-the-art opera house sits like a massive white cloud on top of the mountain. The ceiling is open to expose vibrant Santa Fe sunsets and also lays bare the midnight sky as a backdrop to its premier and classic productions. Entertaining pre-opera soliloquys give previews of each evening’s performance and digital computer screens give instantaneous translations in English to enhance understanding of the performances. The No.1 Santa Fe experience, opera buff or not! July–August, santafeopera.org
Santa Fe Lensic The historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored theater in the heart of downtown, hosts touring and local companies, year round. lensic.org
aspen santa fe ballet Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings top choreographers, a distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers to foster a dance company that is a jewel of the American West. Spring season, aspensantafeballet.com
Santa Fe Choral Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the nation’s premiere professional ensembles. Summer season. desertchorale.org
Santa Fe Performance Performance Santa Fe features world-class music and performing arts May–August. performancesantafe.org
Santa Fe Symphony Celebrating 32 years of music, The Santa Fe Symphony conducts the classics and Christmas Treasures. September–May. santafesymphony.org
Santa Fe Vacation Rental Theater Adobe Rose Theatre, a remarkable new black box theatre located in the theatre district in South Santa Fe, featuring professional actors in award-winning plays. adoberosetheatre.org
Santa Fe Visual Arts Santa Fe is like an art festival that never stops. Santa Fe’s art scene is constantly refreshed with new works and the variety of its offerings ensures that there is a style for everyone. With over 200 Galleries, filled with historic, contemporary and cultural art, Santa Fe has been a major art destination for years, satisfying both first time art buyers and also the most sophisticated collectors from around the world. Check out this listing of galleries in the area.
Canyon Road is an enchanting half-mile long street in downtown Santa Fe. Full of world-class shopping, incredible restaurants, and boasting some of Santa Fe’s best galleries, Canyon Road is a must stroll for every visitor to Santa Fe. You’ll find over a hundred galleries lining this picturesque street and you’ll be sure to discover some unforgettable items. visitcanyonroad.com
The Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe is housed in modern warehouse style buildings only blocks from Santa Fe’s plaza. The Railyard Arts District boasts a wealth of contemporary artists housed within walking distance of one another. It’s a can’t miss for art lovers and those interested in expanding their knowledge of contemporary art. santaferailyardartsdistrict.com
Downtown Santa Fe is peppered with numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and museums. santafegalleryassociation.org
Meow Wolf is a immersive, multimedia installation that presents an entirely new form of artistic storytelling. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the experience of a jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. meowwolf.com
Spanish colonists founded Santa Fe in 1610, over 400 years ago. Santa Fe holds a wealth of museums showcasing its earliest history and artifacts up to some of the most famous artists and authors who have called Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico home.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum offers insight into the work of the most prominent female artist of her day, a woman inspired by the light and landscape of New Mexico. Her artistic legacy is advanced through innovative public engagement, education and research. okeeffemuseum.org
Palace of the Governors, located on the Plaza, this building was originally built by the Spanish in 1610. Today it is the country’s oldest continuously occupied public building and it chronicles the history of Santa Fe. You will see the American Indian artists, taking their place through a lottery system, sitting under the portal selling their authentic jewelry and art. palaceofthegovernors.org
The New Mexico History Museum tells the story of Santa Fe through music, texture and colorful text. It serves as an excellent introduction to Santa Fe and its present day mix of cultures. It is located on grounds where wars were fought, and lines were drawn by the Spanish, Native Americans and the U.S. Infantry. nmhistorymuseum.org
New Mexico Museum of Art shares a rich and deep history through modern and contemporary art of New Mexico and the Southwest. nmartmuseum.org
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture covers a broad spectrum of Indian art from ancient pottery and artifacts to the colorful and utterly distinctive contemporary Indian art of today. indianartsandculture.org
Museum of International Folk Art houses the world’s largest collection of folk art. It interprets creative works of traditional artists from cultures around the world and is host to the International Folk Art Market. internationalfolkart.org
Wheelright Museum of the American Indian  This independent museum focuses on little known mediums and art shows by living Native American artists. The chronicled jewelry collection is the most outstanding of its kind, the rug collection is an education in design, and the beaded artifacts from the indigenous people are breathtaking. The museum shop, Case Trading Post, features the best collection of vintage and contemporary works of art. wheelwright.org
Santa Fe’s world famous annual art markets bring art from people in far reaches of the world, the pueblos of the Southwest, and right here in Santa Fe. They are some of the largest and most prominent markets worldwide and each one has its own focus and mission.
Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world has a history dating back to 1922. Participation is often a family tradition bearing collections of native historical and contemporary arts. The weeks preceding the market are filled with ceremonies, awards, auctions, fashion and a glamorous gala. August, swaia.org
The International Folk Art Market focuses on preserving living folk art traditions, while at the same time creating economic opportunities for artists from around the world. Baskets, textiles, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry are one-of-a-kind and irresistible. July, folkartalliance.org
Santa Fe Spanish Market pays tribute to the Spanish Colonial arts and culture that is at the very core of our lives in Santa Fe, blending native art, live-music, regional foods, and dance on the Plaza. The history of this culture is rich with the religious art of santos and bultos, tin work, jewelry, weavings and furniture. This traditional festival is combined with a new juried contemporary art venue. July, spanishcolonial.org
Santa Fe is foodie town. Even the number of restaurants per capita in Santa Fe is unusually large. Here’s a few festivals you might want to add to your calendar.
The Wine & Chile Fiesta, is the premier food and wine event in the Southwest. Local red and green chiles are the staff of life in New Mexico but kick them up a notch by combining them with escargot. Other past culinary delights have included: a blue corn tempura and a flash-fry salted shrimp infused with lavender, each of which is a must try! Chef luncheons, cooking demos, wine seminars, auctions, and nightly wine dinners culminate with the Grand Tasting under the tent at the Santa Fe Opera. September, santafewineandchile.org
Edible presents the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. Give the chef a burger and some green chile and experience the unprecedented possibilities. The top eight contenders from the online voting will move on to the Smackdown to battle it out at the Santa Fe Railyard in front of a panel of local celebrity judges. September, ediblesmackdown.com
New Mexico boasts a growing film industry, with many movies and television being filmed here every year. The influx of talent and industry professionals has only increased the presence and impact of film festivals in Santa Fe.
Celebrate cutting edge film and great talents of independent filmmaking at The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Named, “one of Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals on the planet”, this relatively new festival is making history every step of the way. Mingle with filmmakers, expand your knowledge of the film world and join moderated panels hosted by those in the know. October, santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival introduces films that inform and foster an understanding of Jewish culture, religion, history and/or identity. Selections are an eclectic mix of award-winning documentaries, narrative first-run features, Israeli cinema and more. October-April, santafejff.org
The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts, locally, regionally, and globally. It honors those working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production, & showings to the public. December, santafefilmfestival.com
Santa Fe has some of the best mountain snow in West, with great snowfall nearly every year, unpack those skis and get some fresh air.  If you’re up for a bit a of a drive, and want to beat the crowds, Northern New Mexico has an abundance of great skiing, all within a few hours of Santa Fe.
Ski Santa Fe Thirty minutes from town, an 88” base, sunny and 20-40 degrees; now that’s some skiing! The kids can join Chipmunk Corner for lessons, rent equipment in town or up at the basin, and catch a ride on the shuttle up to the mountain. Or, drive up and stop at 10,000 Waves Japanese Spa on the way down to soak your bones after an exhilarating day on the slopes. skisantafe.com
Come golf in Santa Fe, where we have beautiful, green golf courses set against our incredible high desert landscape. And with 300 days of sunshine, the weather for golfing is nearly always right!
Links de Santa Fe is our city course that the locals adore. Approach the first tee and you will marvel at the panorama of four mountain ranges. Open year-round, linksdesantafe.com
Santa Fe Country Club, a semi-private golf facility, giving the golfer an experience as unique as the City Different itself. The championship course invites players of all skill levels. santafecountryclub.com
Buffalo Thunder Towa Golf Resort, located on the Pojoaque Pueblo, offers quality golf at an affordable price. PGA Tour Champion Hale Irwin and architect, Bill Phillips of Tempe, AZ co-designed Towa utilizing the natural topography, unique natural rock formations, and indigenous piñon trees to create a magnificent high desert golf course surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. Cool breeze, warm sun and 27 holes of high-altitude scenic beauty. Open year-round, weather permitting. buffalothunderresort.com
Black Mesa Golf Club   Rejuvenate your senses amidst the artistry of nature at Black Mesa. Every hole shaped by the surrounding landscape is like an artist forming a delicate piece of pottery. Artistic but challenging, the fairways are framed by arroyos that hug the natural ridgelines and valleys. From the first tee shot, you realize that mental strategy is essential, while the course’s expansive fairways and greens allow it to be played more easily than it appears. 18 Championship holes. blackmesagolf.com
Cochiti Golf Club is an 18 hole public golf course situated in Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. The verdant greens of this course only compliment its lovely setting in the high terrain. Located halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, it’s not only one of the best courses in New Mexico, but it’s also convenient! cochitigolfclub.com

Secret Places Locals Love

Visit Santa Fe, the “City Different,” home of an extraordinary blend of Anglo, Hispanic and Native American cultures. Santa Fe’s diverse and distinctive history gives this southwestern town a unique and almost foreign flavor, an inviting charm. Adobe Pueblo, Territorial and Northern New Mexican architectural styles echo the history of this city. Homes are close in proximity and the blocks are short and country style. Santa Fe’s vivacious blue sky and 320 days of sunshine a year make the city ideal for searching for clarity. Here, in the nation’s oldest capital city, the landscape becomes a vibrant canvas of warm, soft hues that change with the seasons.

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New Mexico vacations could entail walking Santa Fe’s narrow streets, visiting its open plazas, and experiencing its historic landmarks that makes one feel as though they are discovering the city anew. Santa Fe’s sense of romance and history comes in large part from generations of its citizens–people who have maintained their identities and the identity of their beautiful city by protecting tradition and accepting change carefully.

Santa Fe extends a warm welcome to its guests year round. Spring through Fall, the town hosts many world famous annual markets, fiestas, restaurant competitions, and film festivals. In the Winter Santa Fe entices you with the smoky scent of piñon trees and shares its fresh snow at the Santa Fe Ski Basin. Exceptional shopping is a guarantee all year long. Below is a mere sampling of the Best of Santa Fe, we have many more recommendations for you as part of our concierge services. So what are you waiting for? Come visit Santa Fe today!

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Santa Fe Vacation Rentals Performance Santa Fe is the best of both worlds, a small town with many metropolitan features. Our fine art and theater culture is among the best in the country.
Santa Fe Opera The Santa Fe Opera is one of the world’s leading cultural festivals. The stunning, state-of-the-art opera house sits like a massive white cloud on top of the mountain. The ceiling is open to expose vibrant Santa Fe sunsets and also lays bare the midnight sky as a backdrop to its premier and classic productions. Entertaining pre-opera soliloquys give previews of each evening’s performance and digital computer screens give instantaneous translations in English to enhance understanding of the performances. The No.1 Santa Fe experience, opera buff or not! July–August, santafeopera.org
Santa Fe Lensic The historic Lensic Performing Arts Center, a beautifully restored theater in the heart of downtown, hosts touring and local companies, year round. lensic.org
aspen santa fe ballet Aspen Santa Fe Ballet brings top choreographers, a distinctive groundbreaking repertoire, and virtuoso dancers to foster a dance company that is a jewel of the American West. Spring season, aspensantafeballet.com
Santa Fe Choral Santa Fe Desert Chorale, one of the nation’s premiere professional ensembles. Summer season. desertchorale.org
Santa Fe Performance Performance Santa Fe features world-class music and performing arts May–August. performancesantafe.org
Santa Fe Symphony Celebrating 32 years of music, The Santa Fe Symphony conducts the classics and Christmas Treasures. September–May. santafesymphony.org
Santa Fe Vacation Rental Theater Adobe Rose Theatre, a remarkable new black box theatre located in the theatre district in South Santa Fe, featuring professional actors in award-winning plays. adoberosetheatre.org
Santa Fe Visual Arts Santa Fe is like an art festival that never stops. Santa Fe’s art scene is constantly refreshed with new works and the variety of its offerings ensures that there is a style for everyone. With over 200 Galleries, filled with historic, contemporary and cultural art, Santa Fe has been a major art destination for years, satisfying both first time art buyers and also the most sophisticated collectors from around the world. Check out this listing of galleries in the area.
Canyon Road is an enchanting half-mile long street in downtown Santa Fe. Full of world-class shopping, incredible restaurants, and boasting some of Santa Fe’s best galleries, Canyon Road is a must stroll for every visitor to Santa Fe. You’ll find over a hundred galleries lining this picturesque street and you’ll be sure to discover some unforgettable items. visitcanyonroad.com
The Railyard Arts District of Santa Fe is housed in modern warehouse style buildings only blocks from Santa Fe’s plaza. The Railyard Arts District boasts a wealth of contemporary artists housed within walking distance of one another. It’s a can’t miss for art lovers and those interested in expanding their knowledge of contemporary art. santaferailyardartsdistrict.com
Downtown Santa Fe is peppered with numerous galleries, shops, restaurants and museums. santafegalleryassociation.org
Meow Wolf is a immersive, multimedia installation that presents an entirely new form of artistic storytelling. Visitors of all ages will enjoy the experience of a jungle gym, haunted house, children’s museum, and immersive art exhibit. meowwolf.com
Spanish colonists founded Santa Fe in 1610, over 400 years ago. Santa Fe holds a wealth of museums showcasing its earliest history and artifacts up to some of the most famous artists and authors who have called Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico home.
Georgia O’Keeffe Museum offers insight into the work of the most prominent female artist of her day, a woman inspired by the light and landscape of New Mexico. Her artistic legacy is advanced through innovative public engagement, education and research. okeeffemuseum.org
Palace of the Governors, located on the Plaza, this building was originally built by the Spanish in 1610. Today it is the country’s oldest continuously occupied public building and it chronicles the history of Santa Fe. You will see the American Indian artists, taking their place through a lottery system, sitting under the portal selling their authentic jewelry and art. palaceofthegovernors.org
The New Mexico History Museum tells the story of Santa Fe through music, texture and colorful text. It serves as an excellent introduction to Santa Fe and its present day mix of cultures. It is located on grounds where wars were fought, and lines were drawn by the Spanish, Native Americans and the U.S. Infantry. nmhistorymuseum.org
New Mexico Museum of Art shares a rich and deep history through modern and contemporary art of New Mexico and the Southwest. nmartmuseum.org
Museum of Indian Arts & Culture covers a broad spectrum of Indian art from ancient pottery and artifacts to the colorful and utterly distinctive contemporary Indian art of today. indianartsandculture.org
Museum of International Folk Art houses the world’s largest collection of folk art. It interprets creative works of traditional artists from cultures around the world and is host to the International Folk Art Market. internationalfolkart.org
Wheelright Museum of the American Indian  This independent museum focuses on little known mediums and art shows by living Native American artists. The chronicled jewelry collection is the most outstanding of its kind, the rug collection is an education in design, and the beaded artifacts from the indigenous people are breathtaking. The museum shop, Case Trading Post, features the best collection of vintage and contemporary works of art. wheelwright.org
Santa Fe’s world famous annual art markets bring art from people in far reaches of the world, the pueblos of the Southwest, and right here in Santa Fe. They are some of the largest and most prominent markets worldwide and each one has its own focus and mission.
Indian Market is the largest and most prestigious intertribal fine art market in the world has a history dating back to 1922. Participation is often a family tradition bearing collections of native historical and contemporary arts. The weeks preceding the market are filled with ceremonies, awards, auctions, fashion and a glamorous gala. August, swaia.org
The International Folk Art Market focuses on preserving living folk art traditions, while at the same time creating economic opportunities for artists from around the world. Baskets, textiles, ceramics, rugs, and jewelry are one-of-a-kind and irresistible. July, folkartalliance.org
Santa Fe Spanish Market pays tribute to the Spanish Colonial arts and culture that is at the very core of our lives in Santa Fe, blending native art, live-music, regional foods, and dance on the Plaza. The history of this culture is rich with the religious art of santos and bultos, tin work, jewelry, weavings and furniture. This traditional festival is combined with a new juried contemporary art venue. July, spanishcolonial.org
Santa Fe is foodie town. Even the number of restaurants per capita in Santa Fe is unusually large. Here’s a few festivals you might want to add to your calendar.
The Wine & Chile Fiesta, is the premier food and wine event in the Southwest. Local red and green chiles are the staff of life in New Mexico but kick them up a notch by combining them with escargot. Other past culinary delights have included: a blue corn tempura and a flash-fry salted shrimp infused with lavender, each of which is a must try! Chef luncheons, cooking demos, wine seminars, auctions, and nightly wine dinners culminate with the Grand Tasting under the tent at the Santa Fe Opera. September, santafewineandchile.org
Edible presents the Green Chile Cheeseburger Smackdown. Give the chef a burger and some green chile and experience the unprecedented possibilities. The top eight contenders from the online voting will move on to the Smackdown to battle it out at the Santa Fe Railyard in front of a panel of local celebrity judges. September, ediblesmackdown.com
New Mexico boasts a growing film industry, with many movies and television being filmed here every year. The influx of talent and industry professionals has only increased the presence and impact of film festivals in Santa Fe.
Celebrate cutting edge film and great talents of independent filmmaking at The Santa Fe Independent Film Festival. Named, “one of Moviemaker Magazine’s 25 Coolest Film Festivals on the planet”, this relatively new festival is making history every step of the way. Mingle with filmmakers, expand your knowledge of the film world and join moderated panels hosted by those in the know. October, santafeindependentfilmfestival.com
The Santa Fe Jewish Film Festival introduces films that inform and foster an understanding of Jewish culture, religion, history and/or identity. Selections are an eclectic mix of award-winning documentaries, narrative first-run features, Israeli cinema and more. October-April, santafejff.org
The Santa Fe Film Festival celebrates all facets of cinematic arts, locally, regionally, and globally. It honors those working both behind the scenes and on screen to bring the best of film creation, production, & showings to the public. December, santafefilmfestival.com
Santa Fe has some of the best mountain snow in West, with great snowfall nearly every year, unpack those skis and get some fresh air.  If you’re up for a bit a of a drive, and want to beat the crowds, Northern New Mexico has an abundance of great skiing, all within a few hours of Santa Fe.
Ski Santa Fe Thirty minutes from town, an 88” base, sunny and 20-40 degrees; now that’s some skiing! The kids can join Chipmunk Corner for lessons, rent equipment in town or up at the basin, and catch a ride on the shuttle up to the mountain. Or, drive up and stop at 10,000 Waves Japanese Spa on the way down to soak your bones after an exhilarating day on the slopes. skisantafe.com
Come golf in Santa Fe, where we have beautiful, green golf courses set against our incredible high desert landscape. And with 300 days of sunshine, the weather for golfing is nearly always right!
Links de Santa Fe is our city course that the locals adore. Approach the first tee and you will marvel at the panorama of four mountain ranges. Open year-round, linksdesantafe.com
Santa Fe Country Club, a semi-private golf facility, giving the golfer an experience as unique as the City Different itself. The championship course invites players of all skill levels. santafecountryclub.com
Buffalo Thunder Towa Golf Resort, located on the Pojoaque Pueblo, offers quality golf at an affordable price. PGA Tour Champion Hale Irwin and architect, Bill Phillips of Tempe, AZ co-designed Towa utilizing the natural topography, unique natural rock formations, and indigenous piñon trees to create a magnificent high desert golf course surrounded by the majestic Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains. Cool breeze, warm sun and 27 holes of high-altitude scenic beauty. Open year-round, weather permitting. buffalothunderresort.com
Black Mesa Golf Club   Rejuvenate your senses amidst the artistry of nature at Black Mesa. Every hole shaped by the surrounding landscape is like an artist forming a delicate piece of pottery. Artistic but challenging, the fairways are framed by arroyos that hug the natural ridgelines and valleys. From the first tee shot, you realize that mental strategy is essential, while the course’s expansive fairways and greens allow it to be played more easily than it appears. 18 Championship holes. blackmesagolf.com
Cochiti Golf Club is an 18 hole public golf course situated in Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. The verdant greens of this course only compliment its lovely setting in the high terrain. Located halfway between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, it’s not only one of the best courses in New Mexico, but it’s also convenient! cochitigolfclub.com

Rate Schedule

Our properties are available for short term vacation rentals of 4 to 7 night minimums.
Monthly rates are discounted and not subject to taxes and weekly housekeeping is required.

Our rates also follow three different seasons:
Peak Season: May 23–December 11 (July & August One Week Minimum)
Off Season: January 10–May 22
Holiday Season: December 12–January 10

Use the table below to identify the rates for the property and season you’re interested in, or simply call (505) 577 6774, and we can personally walk you through your options whether a short stay accommodation or longer! We are here to help.


PROPERTY DATES NIGHT WEEK MONTH
Casa Perla Winter, Spring & Fall $325 $2275 $6338
Peak Summer Season $350 $2450 $6825
The Holidays $375 $2625 $7313
Casa Vista Winter, Spring & Fall $375 $2695 $7508
Peak Summer Season $450 $3150 $8775
The Holidays $525 $4200 $10238
Cerro Gordo Winter, Spring & Fall $385 $2765 $9500
Peak Summer Season $450 $3150 $7800
The Holidays $585 $4200 $11000
Casa Simpatica Winter, Spring & Fall $375 $2765 $8295
Peak Summer Season $485 $3395 $10500
The Holidays $625 $3850 $11500
Cañoncito Winter, Spring & Fall $395 $2625 $8438
Peak Summer Season $425 $3395 $10913
The Holidays $595 $4375 $14063
Dos Casitas Winter, Spring & Fall $325 $2275 $6338
Peak Summer Season $350 $2450 $6825
The Holidays $375 $2625 $7313
El Corazon del Nido Winter, Spring & Fall $300 $2100 $6200
Peak Summer Season $325 $2275 $6500
The Holidays $350 $2450 $7300
Estado de Paz Winter, Spring & Fall $14000
Peak Summer Season $16000
The Holidays $16000
Estilo de Vida Winter, Spring & Fall $300 $2100 $5850
Peak Summer Season $325 $2275 $6338
The Holidays $350 $2450 $6825
La Escapada Winter, Spring & Fall $10000
Peak Summer Season $12000
The Holidays $14000
Los Picos Winter, Spring & Fall $395 $2765 $7703
Peak Summer Season $425 $2975 $8288
The Holidays $550 $3850 $10725
Los Portales Winter, Spring & Fall $425 $2975 $8295
Peak Summer Season $475 $3325 $8925
The Holidays $550 $3850 $8500
Palacio Compound Winter, Spring & Fall $695 $4865 $13553
Peak Summer Season $835 $5845 $16283
The Holidays $925 $6475 $18038

Our Standard of Service

We pride ourselves on our traditional approach to customer service and providing some of the best places to stay in Santa Fe.  As owner, Caroline, answers every call and makes all decisions. We take reservations by phone, text, email, and online as of January 1.  Calls are returned promptly and we strive to create a sense of care, comfort and peace of mind by means of expediency, efficiency and personal attention.

Our carefully curated portfolio of homes maintains a high standard of excellence, and includes homes distinct in character and authentic to Santa Fe tradition. “Personal guesting” is an art that requires in-depth knowledge, experience, and an fine attention to detail.  AQUI Santa Fe provides services with consideration and discretion and makes professional housekeeping a priority.

AQUI guests enjoy freshly pressed custom Italian linens, ECO Touch towels, robes and ETRO toiletries in each our of charming homes. For a restful night’s sleep, we provide premium beds and pillows. AQUI’s goal is to listen to what each guest values and ensure their comfort and satisfaction every step of the way establishing a very personal and satisfying experience.

Caroline is delighted to share “Secret Places Locals Love” tailoring suggestions to each guest’s desires and preferences.  For your convenience, you may drive direct to your home-away-from-home where you will be met with the doors open, lights on and delivery of keys. Enjoy a complimentary Breakfast Basket full of New Mexico goodies and you are ready to explore the best of Santa Fe.

Arrive as guests, leave as friends, return as family.